Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.
“Prisoner X,” who hanged himself in an Israeli jail in 2010, was an Australian citizen who worked for the Mossad but apparently committed a heinous crime, perhaps treason, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported Tuesday.
The report sent the Netanyahu government scrambling to convene an urgent meeting of Israeli editors to keep the allegations from appearing in Israeli media, Haaretz reported.
ABC named “Prisoner X” as Ben Zygier, who went by the alias of Ben Alon or Ben Allen after he moved to Israel. Zygier, or Alon or Allen, was married to an Israeli woman and had two children. He was mysteriously jailed in a super-high security wing approximately 10 years after moving to Israel.
His identity never was revealed even to prison guards, and the prisoner committed suicide at the age of 34 despite state-of-the-art surveillance systems that are installed to prevent prisoners from taking their own lives. Zygier was in the Ayalon prison wing that held Yigal Amir, who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.
Israel never admitted to the existence of Prisoner X even after the suicide was reported in 2010. At the time, media speculated the prisoner was a most senior enemy agent, with some suggesting that he was a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards general.
After ABC’s report Tuesday, Haaretz told its readers that the Office of the Prime Minister called an emergency meeting of local editors “to ask its members to co-operate with the government and withhold publication of information pertaining to an incident that is very embarrassing to a certain government agency.”
ABC said it was able to identify Prisoner X through circumstantial evidence that was provided after the suicide victim’s body was sent to Melbourne a week after his death. Before then, Australia did not of his incarceration.
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr responded to the ABC’s exposé, “Those allegations certainly do trouble me.
“It’s never been raised with me…. The difficulty is I’m advised we’ve had no contact with his family [and] there’s been no request for consular assistance during the period it’s alleged he was in prison.
“Even if Prisoner X has now been identified, his crime, however, remains a mystery although it has been widely speculated that it would have involved treachery to warrant such extreme measures.”
If the allegations are true, Israel might be subject to serious questions about due process of law. Human Rights Watch researcher Bill van Esveld told the newspaper that there are serious issues involved concerning fundamental prisoners’ rights.
“It’s called a disappearance, and a disappearance is not only a violation of that person’s due process rights – that’s a crime,” he said. “Under international law, the people responsible for that kind of treatment actually need to be criminally prosecuted themselves.”
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
The small right-wing parties will hurt their ideological allies and voters, unless they get past their egos and ideological perfectionism and help their side for a change.
Japan is a very resilient nation, and they’ve chosen to respond to ISIS’s threats and blackmail demands with black humor. They’ve taken the photos that ISIS released and reworked them into various memes:
A 13 year old boy was maced by a gang in Paris. He was an easy target due to his kipa and tzitzit. What should the family do?
Miracles were added in France late last week when a soldier accidently fired a volley outside a Jewish center, harming no one.
F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort two US airliners faced with bomb threats as they headed to Atlanta airport Saturday afternoon.
The Hezbollah terror group says it will attack Israel with “wisdom” and take Lebanon into consideration.
This is the first time since 2012 that the dollar-shekel rate broke the 4.0 mark.
Most of the victims are showing at least some improvement, but the injuries are serious…
Berlin refuses to name German companies who helped Syria build its chemical weapons program.
Strange. It wasn’t considered as big a deal when it was Shimon Peres who was invited to the White House right before elections in ’96.
Netanyahu will reportedly be offering a spot on the Likud list to Caroline Glick.
Apparently the Arabs believe that all these years they voted for Labor, they were not voting for a Zionist party.
Fatah is calling on Palestinian Arabs to protests against Israel on Jan. 26, and to boycott Israeli products
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his rage and demanded the release of the hostages.
Seven Americans have volunteered to each take 100 lashes in place of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
Modern “knights” fought it out during a Medieval fighting championship in Rishon LeTzion on January 22, 2015. The International Medieval Fighting event in Israel hosted teams from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia.
Eulogies for the fourth Jewish victims at the attack on a kosher deli in Paris last week were held in Bnei Brak Tuesday.
The Declaration of Independence is the first document reflecting Jewish sovereignty since the time of the Hashmonean kingdom.
Aliyah was up by 32 percent compared with 2013.
Just in time for the United Nations Security Council to think twice about recognizing the PA.
The South Carolina senator is another Republican thinking about running to succeed Obama
A faster-beating heart as a result of fear of terror increase the risk of heart disease, researchers report.
Arab media report Syria downed an Israeli drone over Quneitra, near the border between the two countries.
Excavations also turned up hidden tunnels dug by Jewish rebels in the period of the Bar Kokhba Revolt.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/foreign-media-ex-mossad-agent-committed-suicide-in-israeli-prison/2013/02/12/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: